First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Reflection by: Fr. Alberto Bueno, T.O.R.
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
Welcome to Advent. A new liturgical year begins once more. And the season begins with a call to be watchful! The word “advent” comes from the Latin “adveniat” which loosely translated means someone (or something) is coming. Thus, be alert. Most of the readings during Advent call us to the single most difficult thing: to be awake! Who, or what, are we waiting for? Why must I struggle to be awake? The beginning days of Advent make very clear that we are waiting for the coming of Christ, and not the Baby Jesus of Christmas, but rather the Christ of the end times, Christ the Judge, Christ the Victorious one! We are asked to be watchful for the very coming of the fullness of the Kingdom of God, with Christ as ruler.
As we are awake and vigilant, we are also invited to prepare our hearts and lives for that encounter with the Risen One. This beautiful season of Advent with its more somber colors and hope-filled themes helps us to do just that. The prophets, whom we will hear from will guide us along the way of preparation reminding us that we must set the world right, by doing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. So, my sisters and brothers, stay awake, be vigilant, prepare the way, for He comes!
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